SIAMS Strand 6: The Impact of Collective Worship and supporting documents and resources

In this strand the inspector must explore:​

  • The ways in which collective worship is an expression of the school’s Christian vision.

In developing Collective Worship in a Church school, school leaders are advised to use these self-evaluation questions when completing the SIAMS SEF:

a) Offers the opportunity, without compulsion, to all pupils and adults to grow spiritually through experiences of prayer, stillness, worship and reflection.
b) Enables all pupils and adults to appreciate that Christians worship in different ways, for example using music, silence, story, prayer, reflection, the varied liturgical and other traditions of Anglican/Methodist worship, festivals and, where appropriate, the Eucharist.
c) Helps pupils and adults to appreciate the relevance of faith in today’s world, to encounter the teachings of Jesus and the Bible and to develop their understanding of the Christian belief in the trinitarian nature of God and its language
d) Enables pupils as well as adults to engage in the planning, leading and evaluation of collective worship in ways that lead to improving practice. Leaders of worship, including clergy, have access to regular training
e) Encourages local church community partnerships to support the school effectively in developing its provision for collective worship.

Recommended resources to support Collective Worship:

LDBS Collective Worship Calendar 2019-20
• Margaret Cooling: More assemblies for primary schools: One book per term
• Roots and Fruits (
• Jack in the box worship (
• Flippin’ Praise (
• Margaret Cooling: Wisdom of Worship
• Margaret Cooling: Cracking assemblies

Useful Websites: resources

Supporting Documents: 

Further Guidance on Collective Worship
LDBS Collective Worship Calendar 2018-19

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating Worship:

Collective Worship Planning Format 1a 
Collective Worship Planning Format 1b
Collective Worship observation sheet for children
Monitoring and evaluating Collective Worship
Monitoring an act of worship

Prayers and Resources to Use at Home and in School with Reduced Numbers During Covid-19 Pandemic:

• A reflection on Henry Moore’s Mother and Child from the St Paul’s Schools & Family Learning Team.
• A resource from Canterbury diocese that supports children in leading worship in their homes, accompanied by a book of Bible stories.
• Coronavirus prayer resources for children from the Church of England
• Forgiveness Prayer Activity
• Gratitude Prayer Activity
• Heartsmart Family
• IsingPop They’ve made many of their songs available on their YouTube channel, great for engaging children at home or school.
• Journey Into Pentecost
• Light In Our Darkness Prayer Activity
 Love One Another Prayer Activity
• New Life Prayer Activity
• Others First Prayer Activity
Prayer Spaces in Schools have created and are adapting some prayer activities for families to use at home or teachers to use in schools with their reduced numbers.  this is something that can easily be adapted for creative use at home but you will need to create a login to get to this.
• Rebuilding a School Community: An excellent resource both to use at leadership level but also for collective worship both in the home and at school.  Within the resource you will also find in Pack 5 a document to help you consider how to curate an age-appropriate leavers’ service, marking transition for your year 6 children.
Remembering Those In Need Prayer Activity
Seeing Prayer Activity
Singing collective worship produced by LDBS schools and St Paul’s music.  The themes are further explored through the #faithathome material.  There will be a new singing collective worship every week.
• Thank You Wall Prayer Activity
• The Church of England’s #faithathome has worship materials created and led by children, young people and staff from schools across the Church of England network.
Thy Kingdom Come  is a global prayer movement which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension Day (21st May) and Trinity (31st May).
Wintershall Education has resources for use at home and in school and information about future productions and events.

Weekly Collective Worship in the Home:

• Week beginning 20th April – Seeing Prayer Activity
• Week beginning 27th April – Recognising Prayer Activity 
• Week beginning 4th May – Abundance Prayer Activity
• Week beginning 11th May – I am the Way Prayer Activity
• Week beginning 18th May – The Greatest Commandment Prayer Activity
• Week beginning 25th May – Waiting Prayer Activity 
• Week beginning 1st June – Journey Into Pentecost
• Week beginning 8th June – Good News
• Week beginning 15th June – Ready, Steady, Go….
• Week beginning 22nd June – Don’t Worry
• Week beginning 27th June – Hospitality 
• Week beginning 6th July – Inclusion
• Week beginning 13th July – Journeys and Moving on